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About this Object

Object Name:

Saturn

Distance:

At the time of observation, Sature was 1,300 million km (8.5 Astronomical Units) from earth.

Diameter:

120,000 km across the equator

Dimensions:

This image is roughly 40 arcseconds on the vertical side.

About the Data

Principal Astronomers:

R. French (Wellesley College), J. Cuzzi, L. Dones, and J. Lissauer (NASA/Ames Research Center)

Instrument:

WFPC2

Filters:

Red: F675W (R), Green: F555W (V), Blue: F439W (B)

Exposure Date:

September 30, 1996

Exposure Time:

10 minutes

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

October 21, 1998

Orientation/Scale:

North is about 20° clockwise from the top of the image, as is Saturn's north pole. The moon is Enceladus.


What creates the swirls in Saturn's clouds?
Shear turbulence! This effect is even demonstrated in a cup of coffee.